Kickoff: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Spread: Oregon by 9.5
Watchability: High. Two ranked teams in a rivalry game? There's not much more you can ask for if you're a college football fan. You might want to ask about subscribing to the Pac-12 Network so you can actually watch this game.
Shining Stars: Oregon -- QB Marcus Mariota. Mariota has thrown 11 touchdown passes in the Ducks' last three games. That's good news for an Oregon team that may have to rely on its quarterback as it goes up against a Beavers rushing defense that ranks second in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally. Oregon State -- RB Terron Ward. Oregon gives up 151.8 yards per game on the ground, meaning Ward could have a big day. The sophomore running back has averaged 137 yards per game in the Beavers' last two wins.
Who could steal the show: Oregon -- RB Kenjon Barner. Barner has been an afterthought the past two weeks, averaging only 65.5 yards per game, a shockingly low number, considering Barner averaged 177 ypg in the five games before that. If the Ducks are going to win the Civil War, they're going to need General Barner to step up. Oregon State -- QB Sean Mannion. Mannion's season has been a roller-coaster ride for Beavers fans. Mannion has had his ups -- 4 TD passes vs. Cal -- and his downs -- 4 interceptions against Washington. If Mannion ends the regular season on an up with a big game against Oregon, he could solidify his chances for being the team's full-time starter in 2013.
You going? Ranking the road trip: If you're going to visit Corvallis, the Civil War is the perfect time to do it. Also, did we mention how safe it is? The New York Times recently said that Corvallis is the best place to live to avoid a natural disaster.
Magic number for Oregon: 0. That's how many times the Ducks have lost consecutive regular-season games under Chip Kelly. A loss to Oregon State would mean consecutive losses after Oregon was upset by Stanford last week.
Magic number for Oregon State: 202.5. That's how many yards Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks have combined to average per game this season. If the duo approaches that number against Oregon, the Beavers should be in good shape.
The game comes down to: Oregon State's defense. Don't expect the Beavers to steal Stanford's game plan from last week -- Chip Kelly has probably already figured out 17 ways to beat it. However, do expect Oregon State to modify the Stanford plan slightly to fit its personnel. This is a big rivalry game, so an upset wouldn't be that surprising, but there's a reason Oregon has never lost two regular-season games in a row, so we'll take the Ducks.
Prediction: Oregon 42, Oregon State 35